How to Remove Windows 7 Shortcut Extension and Shortcut Arrow Icon

Windows 7 Shortcut

Microsoft Windows 7 has got best look and feel and many new features too as compared to Windows Vista and XP. Several things you might have customized or tweaked while you have worked on Windows Vista and XP and one such popular tweak was to remove shortcut overlay icon and shortcut word when you create shortcut of any application or file on desktop.

If you have wished similar tweak for windows 7 then here is small guide on how to remove shortcut extension and shortcut overlay arrow icon from Window 7.

How to Remove Shortcut Extension from Windows 7

1. Click on Start and Type regedit in search bar and press enter (select yes if seen UAC prompt)

2. Navigate to following registry key

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

3. Locate “Link” in right pan of registry editor

Regedit Remove Shortcut Extension

4. Double click or right click-> modify to modify registry key

5. Now change the value from 18 00 00 00 to 00 00 00 00 Press ok and exit regedit

Regedit Remove Shortcut Extension Windows 7

Now try to create shortcut on your desktop and it should not show shortcut extension.

How to Remove Shortcut Overlay Arrow icon from windows 7

Download this Reg file and follow readme instruction included within zip file to remove shortcut arrow icon.

After Applying Tweak

After Applying Tweak

Please Note: Do backup your registry before proceeding for any of this tweaks, we will not be responsible for any issue problem or arises by using above tweak .

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9 thoughts on “How to Remove Windows 7 Shortcut Extension and Shortcut Arrow Icon”

  1. Exactly what I was looking for. Although FYI on the release candidate the default is 16, not 18. Thank you!

  2. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

    3. Locate “Link” in right pan of registry editor

    Can’t find “LINK” string in 7RC?

    wasup?

  3. I think after changing the registry, we should reboot the computer. Also, I got the value can be 16, 17, or 19.

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